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Road Rage

Is Driver Aggression on the Increase? No one would deny that the pace of living gets ever faster. We’re rushed, stressed, harried and constantly pushed by our busy lives to do better, faster. This state of affairs impacts on all the areas of our day, from work to home-life and everywhere in between, potentially resulting in exhaustion, frayed tempers and rocketing frustration levels. So, it’s hardly surprising to read in the RAC motoring association’s latest report that road rage is at an all-time high. What is road rage? Wikipedia sums up the definition of road rage very nicely: ‘Road rage is aggressive or angry behaviour exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle. These behaviours include rude and offensive gestures, verbal insults, [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Driving|

Not So Smart After All?

Dynamic Smart Motorways Building to be Stopped Certain motorways, called dynamic smart motorways, allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane in times of high congestion. The function was introduced in a bid to ease traffic flow, without having the expense of widening the roads to add another lane. However, it’s been revealed by Highways England that this arrangement is ‘too complicated for people to use’ and no more roads will have this measure applied to them. What is a smart motorway? A smart motorway involves the use of a system of sensors, cameras and overhead gantries which can monitor the volume and flow of traffic.  The computerised system controls this flow by means of instructions [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Putting the Clocks Back

Does it Mean More Car Accidents? Cooler days and chilly nights tell us that we’re heading for winter again, but the real confirmation is when the clocks go back in October every year and suddenly make the afternoons darker earlier. Putting the clocks back an hour to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from British Summer Time (BST) might not seem to make much difference to life in general, apart from potentially gaining an hour in bed! However, a report from the RAC Foundation research organisation says differently. It reveals that an average of 278 more drivers are likely to have a car accident in the two weeks following the time change. Research into driving accidents The study is based on [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Drugs and Driving – Focus on Hay Fever

Is Your Hay Fever Medication Affecting Your Driving? We all know that drugs and driving just don’t mix, and a new study conducted by insurance comparison site Confused.com highlights the fact. However, and very worryingly, the study shows that a substantial number of people are driving while under the influence of prescribed and over-the-counter medication, without being aware of the risks they are taking. A particular culprit at this time of year appears to be hay fever medication and, as summer moves on and the pollen count rises, many drivers could be breaking the law without knowing it. Apart from driving under the influence of any impairing drug obviously being dangerous and illegal for all drivers, the hay fever [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Smart Motorways – New Automatic Fixed Penalties

Obey the Red X or Get a £100 Fine If you’re driving somewhere on the currently 400 miles of smart motorways (200 miles in each direction) and you see a red X on the overhead gantry, that’s telling you that the lane you’re on is closed and you must move to an adjacent lane as soon as it’s safe to do so. If you don’t comply, the cameras will record your number plate and you’ll get a £100 fine and notice of 3 penalty points on your licence through the post a few days later. This is a new law which comes into operation from 10th June 2019, although Highways England say that actual fining won’t be happening until [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Mobile Phone Safety While Driving

Mobile Phones: Rules When Driving Driving while holding a mobile phone has been against the law since 2003, but many people still appear to be confused by this legislation. It’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the ins and outs of mobile phone safety while driving, as the penalties for getting it wrong can be high. Only a few days ago, in a very high-profile case, footballer David Beckham was convicted of driving while holding a mobile phone. In his defence, he said that he was in very slow-moving traffic in the middle of London. Unfortunately, no matter how slow-moving the traffic is, it’s still against the law to hold your mobile phone and getting caught can cost [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Google Maps Boost for EV Drivers

Google Guides EV Drivers Up until now, the go-to source for information on UK EV (electric vehicles) charging facilities around the country has been Zap-Map, a UK-based platform which provides information on the whole topic of electric vehicles and their green potential. This app has static map images showing the location of charging stations, but not their status. However, on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Google Maps introduced the latest innovation for the drivers of EVs. Simultaneously in the US and the UK, the American multi-national technology company Google LLC launched a new real-time addition to Maps which will assist EV drivers in finding available charging stations and a lot more. All the major charging networks are included, plus businesses [...]

By |April 26th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Driving, Fleet|

Are You Driving Safely?

Tips For Safe Driving Driving is one of life’s pleasures for many people around the world. After all, it gives you the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, whilst also allowing you to build your confidence and experience on the roads. Ultimately, this means that you’ll no longer need to rely on public transport to get around. However, it’s important to remember that you have a safe driving responsibility, whether you’ve been driving for years or have only just passed your driving test. With that in mind, there are certain things you need to consider every time you get behind the wheel. First and foremost, you should always do everything in your power stay on the right side of the [...]

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Driving|

Fleet Management

Fleet Management – Whose Job is it Anyway? When it comes to company fleet management and, more specifically, who takes responsibility for which aspects of the fleet, it seems no two organisations take the same approach. The issues faced, tasks to be undertaken and required expertise are diverse. Consequently, there are any number of individuals or departments within the organisation that might consider themselves to be important stakeholders. So, what does this mean for the fleet manager? With such shared interests and responsibilities, the question might be raised about the role of the traditional fleet manager. Where does the role fit into the decision-making matrix and how relevant is it in today’s organisations? To some extent it’s a matter [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|
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